TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) has honoured Kenora elementary teacher Shannon Bailey for her education
and community service.
Shannon received the federation's Humanitarian Award for an ETFO Member.
The award may be granted each year to an individual or group of individuals
holding ETFO membership and who have given outstanding service to education
and their community.
Shannon, who is described by one of her colleagues as a 'take the bull by
the horns' type of individual, was recognized for her initiative in
establishing a sustainable breakfast program at Lakewood School, a small
community school with approximately 300 students.
Last August, Shannon began purchasing some of the basic equipment she
felt would be needed. She recruited volunteers and student helpers, gained the
support of administration and colleagues, and purchased the needed food.
Shannon initially paid for all of this with her own money, but after many
phone calls and applications she found enough community partners to provide
funding for the program. Her application to the Breakfast for Learning program
not only resulted in grant money but also the arrival of commercial toasters,
a freezer, and a fridge.
"The benefits of Shannon's breakfast program are felt throughout the
school," said ETFO President David Clegg. "ETFO is proud to have the
opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate her humanitarianism and commitment to
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
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